Chief of Staff Rost to depart for Penn
Gregory S. Rost, chief of staff in Temple’s Executive Office of the President since 2001, announced his resignation to accept a position as vice president and chief of staff to University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann. Rost begins his new responsibilities at Penn on Dec. 18.
“At every institution, there are people who get things done without getting the public credit they deserve. At Temple, that behind-the-scenes leader for the past six years has been Greg Rost,” said Temple President Ann Weaver Hart. “We will miss his creativity, energy, strategic insight and real-world understanding of what it takes to effect change.”
As the principal advisor to two Temple presidents, David Adamany (March 2001 to July 2006) and Ann Weaver Hart (July 2006 to present), Rost helped shape the University’s budget and played a major role in the conception of Temple’s plans for future growth and the University’s public-private partnerships. Rost also recruited several of Temple’s senior administrators and many members of President Hart’s staff, including Senior Vice President Clarence Armbrister and Deputy Chief of Staff Tabb Bishop.
Rost chaired the president’s cabinet, and in addition to his management of the Executive Office of the President, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the offices of Government Relations, University Communications, Internal Audits, Multicultural Affairs and Partnership Schools. He also chaired the management group overseeing Temple’s community relations efforts.
“It has been a pleasure watching Temple grow so quickly, and it’s especially satisfying that the University has been able to grow in a way that has built goodwill and created opportunities for our neighbors in Philadelphia,” Rost said. “I’ll miss that sense of momentum, and I’ll miss working with President Hart. She’s the perfect leader to keep pushing Temple forward.”
Rost came to Temple in 2000 after eight years in the administration of former Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell, for whom he served as chief of staff for three years, and also as deputy mayor for policy and planning.
Rost’s move to Penn is a homecoming of sorts. He was associate director of Penn’s Fels Center of Government from 1989 to 1991 and holds a Penn M.G.A. degree.
— Hillel J. Hoffmann